Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Composite language classes

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher caters for students at different year levels and with different abilities and backgrounds. This has implications for her understanding of students and how they learn, as well as for planning and implementation. She provides examples of how she uses her knowledge of other languages to support students from different language backgrounds. She also uses group work and information and communication technologies (ICT) to support particular groups within a class. Within her faculty, she actively promotes the sharing of teaching and learning strategies and classroom observation as an essential component of professional learning.


Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
Other descriptors
Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.2
Manage classroom activities
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Model and share with colleagues a flexible repertoire of strategies for classroom management to ensure all students are engaged in purposeful activities.
  1. What practical knowledge or use of ICT have you gained from other staff in your school?
  2. In what ways could your school facilitate increased teacher collaboration including classroom observation?
Gungahlin College
Australian Capital Territory
Year level
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Established in 2011, Gungahlin College is a senior secondary school for years 10–12 in the ACT. It has over 800 students studying traditional and vocational studies. The school was designed and purpose built to incorporate extensive use of ICT in a wireless networking environment. The teacher co-ordinates the languages program at the school. She is one of four staff, teaching six languages at the school.
Content provider
Education Services Australia

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